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Dental braces in Abingdon are a successful treatment option for teeth that are uneven, crowded, or crooked.
These orthodontic treatment devices are designed to apply pressure to the teeth. This pressure gradually moves the teeth into the desired position or adjusts the underlying bone beneath the teeth. If your misaligned teeth bother you, then you should talk to a highly qualified braces dentist. Our team of skilled professionals is here to help you determine whether or not this is the right kind of treatment for you. This brief guide will give you the basics of this treatment method so that you can make an informed choice about how to address your orthodontic issues.
Where Should I Go to Get Braces?
If you believe that you are in need of braces, you should schedule a visit with your dentist. If you do not currently have a dentist, we suggest that you contact our practice so that you can establish a relationship with a dentist that you can trust. Since orthodontic treatment is a big financial and medical decision, you want to be sure that you go to a dentist who has your best interests in mind. Our dentists and orthodontists will be there for you throughout the entire treatment process. You can rest assured that your treatment will be completed as quickly as possible.
What Do I Need to Know About Having Braces Put On?
Getting your braces put on consists of several steps. These steps remain the same regardless of whether you choose a ceramic or metal orthodontic treatment device. The first step involves your dentist or orthodontist completely cleaning and drying your teeth. The second step consists of bonding glue being placed onto the teeth. This glue tastes unpleasant, but it is perfectly harmless. The third step involves the brackets being placed onto the teeth. The fourth step is when your dentist will place the archwires between the brackets. The archwires are secured via the use of elastic bands.
How Many Different Types of Braces Are There?
Were you aware that there are several different kinds of orthodontic treatment methods available for you to choose from? While your dentist or orthodontist will help you decide as to which option is the best for you and your orthodontic treatment needs, it is important that you know what some of the most popular options are. Metal braces are the most traditional choice. They are comprised of metal brackets and wires that are adjusted over time. Ceramic braces work in exactly the same way as metal ones do. The biggest difference between these two types of treatment methods is that ceramic devices blend into the teeth, while metal ones don’t. Invisible braces are actually a system of clear plastic trays that gently move the teeth over time. This method is popular because they can be removed whenever a patient eats or drinks.
What Will I Have to Pay for My Braces?
Many of our patients come to us with the question, “How much do braces cost?” The total of your bill is determined by many different factors. These factors include your location, the complexity of your case and the treatment option pursued. Your dental insurance coverage will also factor into the amount you will owe. If you have dental insurance, contact your provider to determine whether or not you have coverage for orthodontic treatment under your plan. Our practice accepts a number of different insurance plans. We also offer payment plans and flexible financing options for our patients so that they can better afford orthodontic treatment.
Will It Take a Long Time to Have My Braces Put On?
Depending on the severity of your case, it will take between one to two hours to have your braces put on by a dentist or orthodontist. Many patients report feeling soreness in the mouth for about a week after the procedure has taken place. This pain is typically relieved via the use of over-the-counter pain medication. If you continue to experience pain after a week has passed, contact our staff. You should also contact us if you are experiencing severe pain that can’t be controlled with over-the-counter methods.
Why Do Some People Need to Wear a Retainer After Braces?
You will probably need to wear your braces for one to two years. Once your treatment has been completed, your dentist will remove the brackets and wires from your teeth. This usually takes about an hour. You may then be given a custom-fitted retainer to wear while you sleep. Retainers are given to patients because they help to prevent the teeth from moving out of position. You will most likely need to wear your retainer for several years.
To schedule your consultation for orthodontic treatment, call our practice today!